Injured fast bowler Ishant Sharma is likely to be fit for India’s first Test of the Australia tour in December. That is the opinion of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), located in Bengaluru, where Sharma travelled to after being ruled out of the IPL due to a muscle tear.
ESPNcricnfo understands that the NCA, which is headed by former India captain Rahul Dravid, noted in a letter to the BCCI that Sharma, subject to his rehab going well, is expected to start bowling from November 18.
Sharma is expected to then gradually increase his workload, with the NCA optimistic that he would be match fit for the Day-Night Test in Adelaide, scheduled to begin on December 17.
The NCA, however, has pointed out that Sharma would need to play at least one practice match before he is declared ready to bowl in the Tests.
A final decision on Sharma is likely on Monday, when the Indian selection committee is…